Jul 12 AT 11:46 AM Alberto Vildosola 23 Comments

Huawei Ascend II finds its way to Cricket Wireless, $129.99 off-contract

Today seems to be Extremely Affordable Android Phone Day. Right after LG’s duo of cheap but good Android phones got caught on video, we now find out Huawei and Cricket Wireless have announced a follow-up phone to the carrier’s popular Huawei Ascend. Meet the Huawei Ascend II, as cheap as its predecessor, but with a handful of very important improvements.

One such improvement is the Android version. The Huawei Ascend will launch with Android’s latest and greatest: ¬†Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This alone, will make the Huawei Ascend II a much speedier and more stable device compared to its big brother. However, Huawei also upgraded the chip powering the Ascend II. It will be running at 600MHz, compared to the original Ascend’s 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM 7200A processor.

To top it all off, Huawei took the 3 MP camera found in the Ascend and replaced it with a much better 5 MP one. More megapixels doesn’t necessarily mean better pictures, but it’s always nice to see low-end phones get features that were considered high-end only months ago. By this time next year, we’ll probably have free Android phones with 1080p video recording and dual-core processors.

The Huawei Ascend II is available for purchase right now from Cricket’s website for $129.99. If you want to buy it from one of Cricket’s retail stores, the price goes up to $179.99. Of course, this price is without a contract, but you do have to sign up for a $55/month unlimited plan with Cricket to use it. That’s a pretty good deal, I have to say. One I bet many people on Cricket will be taking advantage of. Especially those who are still using feature phones or Blackberries and want to upgrade to a smartphone device for as little money as possible. Do we have any Cricket customers around here considering buying this phone? Let us know in the comments.
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SAN DIEGO, July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –

Cricket Communications Inc.,a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), today announced the launch of the Huawei Ascend II, the successor to Cricket’s highly-successful deployment of its first low-cost Android device, the Ascend, that was launched in October last year.

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“We are excited about the sleek, new Huawei Ascend II,” said Matt Stoiber, vice president and general manager of devices for Cricket Communications. “The original Ascend has been our best-selling smartphone and the Ascend II is sure to impress our customers with its faster processor, 5 megapixel camera and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.”

This value-priced Android comes with a 3.5″ HVGA touch-screen with virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi capability and 3G Real Web Browsing. The Ascend II has lots of great smartphone features packed into an affordable package. Cricket’s fifth Android smartphone also includes great features like a 5 MP camera/camcorder and a MP3 player/microSD slot. The Ascend II features the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and a 600 MHz processor. This smartphone also gives customers access to more than 200,000 cool apps on the Android Market(TM) as well as great Google applications such as YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Search and more.

Reinforcing Cricket’s innovation value proposition and dedication to respecting value-seeking customers, the Huawei Ascend II is offered for a suggested MSRP of $179.99 in Cricket branded retail stores, select dealers and on www.mycricket.com. Prices may vary by market and by promotional programs.

The feature-packed Ascend II will be offered on Cricket’s all-inclusive $55 Android plan, which provides users with unlimited talk, text, 411 information, international text, unlimited and video picture messages, unlimited data services on the company’s reliable all 3G network, and more. Additionally, customers utilizing the $55 rate plan have free access to MyBackup, a system that enables subscribers to automatically protect, store and edit their mobile contacts online and without the need for data cables.

For more information about Cricket’s dynamic device lineup, please visit www.mycricket.com.

About Cricket

Cricket is the pioneer of simple and affordable unlimited wireless services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required serving more than 5.8 million customers in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Cricket offers wireless voice and broadband Internet services over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO wireless network. Cricket’s nationwide wireless voice service plans include unlimited anytime minutes, unlimited U.S. long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited text to Mexico, unlimited Mobile Web, unlimited directory assistance, as well as a variety of calling features and feature-rich mobile applications such as popular games, ringtones and wallpapers. For more information on Cricket, visit www.mycricket.com. Cricket is offered by Leap Wireless International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information on Leap, visit www.leapwireless.com.

Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions.

SOURCE Cricket Communications Inc.

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  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com max

    sweet deal

  • http://Website matt

    Does the phone support multi touch

    • Alberto Vildosola

      I think so, yeah

    • http://Website bitusb

      here are specs im a tech head and i checked the phone out .600mhz processor 1400ma battery instead of 1500 no multi touch tried it personally with browser and nes emulator battery life is on par with original optimus c has better battery life and ascend has 5 mp camera no auto focus.barcode scanner app does not work optimus c has 3.2 mp camera auto focus and multi touch and ascend has a proximity sensor.but strangely though ascend 2 benchmarks over 800 with quadrant app while optimus c is around 500.still unclear which processor is in ascend 2 and how much ram it has optimus c has 512 which makes it run smooth even when a lot of apps are running.Hope this was helpful

    • Mr. Big

      No, it doesn’t, but it’s still a sweet phone! It almost makes me feel like I have a “real” one! :)

  • http://www.giftvouchersmate.com gifts

    i thought they were talking about the cricket with bat and ball, now i know which cricket they are talking about, but one good thing i got to know about a sweet deal

  • http://Website joey

    does this phone have flash player

  • http://Website trish

    I’m buying it, I have the first Ascend and I’m sooo ready to get rid of the trackball and bump up the camera. Can’t wait till payday!

  • http://Website J.T. Greene

    How fast really is the processor on the Ascend II? The text on this site says 600mhz but the CNET video says that it is an 800mhz processor. I’d really like to know which one is in it.

    • http://Website karla

      i have it here with me, its a 800 mhz processor am a sales rep cricket.

  • Kelley

    I’m switching over to Cricket and this will probably be my phone. For those of you who own this phone, is it an okay phone?

  • kwadjo

    Just dumped my T-mo for a Huawei Ascend II with cricket and am loving it.

    You’ll your bill even better!!

  • anitaleth

    I just bought the Huawei Ascend 2 and I have to say this is the best and fastest phone that Cricket has put out. Usually I don’t keep any phone past 6 months, but this one I will stick with unless of course Cricket comes out with one even better. I am very pleased with this phone.

  • techguy

    Sorry to tell you folks but the zio is better then both. Yes the optimus is nice and all but the zio benchmarks over 1000 on the test. No lie either it has a better screen and processing power is very adequate indeed. So people should stop dissing the zio for real. Its higher proformace then both the optimus and ascend. If only it had 2.3 it could beat them both ten fold.

    • http://facebook.com/superstargaines dante

      at first i would have agreed…………….. but the zios may have better apps but trust me that phone is so weak in my opinion let me tell you how – ive had a zio since january of this year and 2 weeks ago the whole zio system failed my phone broke for absolutely no reason i have never dropped my phone but maybe once and it did not have water damaged and in june it had a issue with coming on and cutting off by itself that made me worried but then it stop doing that and 2 weeks ago it went off and when i go to cut it on it never goes to the menu screen instead it will say kyocera and a whole wall of numbers as if it was reading a test but it never does anything – people zios do not last – im ordering the huawei ascend 2 when my check comes on the first i cant go without a phone. but zio will never be a choice again.

  • dyoung

    Is the asend 2 better than the zip before I make the switch

  • Lacey queen

    Do you have to have the smartphone plan to have this phone ? im almost 14 and my mom pays my bill and we have a family plan with no data but unlimited everything and my mom wont let me get the android plan im about to get this phone in 11 days my mom have a black berry curve and its a smart phone and she doesnt have the smart phone plan . So do i need it ?

  • david

    I got the phone but I’m moving to a place were cricket don’t work……. just wondering if Verizon can hook it up 4 me…… I like this phone an don’t wanna get a new one:(

  • angel cakes

    i might change to cricket lets see how that works. i have never had cricket so this will be my first time .

  • eddie

    i love the asend 2 ive had it since it came out great phone, i couldnt have picked a better phone

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  • Randy

    I hav had both Ascend phs an the 2nd one is much better its nicer lookin also…….